Family Therapy

Also known as: family therapy, group therapy, family group therapy, multiple family group therapy.

What is family/group therapy?

Family and group therapy are both forms of psychological counseling that involve multiple participants and can take many forms. Families can all go to therapy together to improve communication and address conflicts.

Group therapy often involves counseling a group of people with similar concerns and utilizing the support of the group as a therapeutic intervention.

What happens during the session?

The exact nature of the family or group therapy can vary depending on the nature and severity of the problems involved. Typically, a mental health professional will lead the therapy and guide the group with specific therapeutic interventions.

Is any special preparation needed?

No special preparation is needed for this treatment.

What are the risk factors?

There are no direct physical risks to family/group therapy. Success through therapy is not always guaranteed, however.

Reviewed by: Marisa Azaret, PsyD

This page was last updated on: November 19, 2019 11:24 AM

Pediatric Psychology

The Pediatric Psychology team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital uses a multidisciplinary and family centered treatment approach for a variety of illnesses and conditions.

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Weekly Support Programs

​F.O.C.U.S. Program

8 week program. This group therapy program is designed for children ages 7 to 17 with behaviorial issues, including but not limited to ADHD. The weekly sessions teach innovative techniques to assist children with managing feelings, developing organization skills, maximizing their concentration abilities and socialization skills. Learn more.

Social Skills Group

8 week program. Children and teens ages 7 to 17 are invited to join this small discussion group to learn how to make, cultivate and maintain friendships. Participants will learn basic conversational skills, and discuss the use of appropriate humor, how to electronically connect with others, and how to manage disagreements. Learn more.

Calm Kids

8 week program. Calm Kids is a weekly group therapy course designed to teach children strategies on how to take control over anxiety symptoms. Children will learn how to cope with fears and worries, identify anxiety triggers, how to relax the mind and body and maximize their self-confidence. Learn more.

Pain Management Group

8 week program. This program is specifically designed to empower children ages 7-18 through complex sensory experiences. Each session is created to teach participants evidenced-based techniques to better manage pain and improve overall quality of life. Learn more.

Teen Sleep Group

8 week program. This program is designed for teens ages 13-16 experiencing difficulties related to sleep, including daytime sleepiness, trouble waking in the morning, difficulty falling asleep and waking in the middle of the night. The goal of this group is to give teens the tools and strategies they need in order to get more sleep and better quality sleep. Learn more.

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Eating Disorders

The term “Eating disorder” refers to a variety of persistent and different eating or eating related behaviors that result in a change in the way a child/adolescent/young adult consumes or absorbs food and which significantly causes poorer physical and psychosocial functioning. Learn more

Bullying

Bullying is an intentional and aggressive behavior by a person that causes physical or emotional harm to the victim being bullied. Learn more

Psychotic Disorders

Severe mental problems that interfere with a child or adolescent’s ability to think clearly, respond emotionally, communicate normally, cause unusual perceptions or delusions, are known as psychotic disorders. Learn more

Separation Anxiety Disorder

When the fear, anxiousness and distress of not being with a parent or caregiver occurs in children over the age of 6 years, and lasts longer than 4 weeks, the child may suffer from separation anxiety disorder. Learn more

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Learn more

Psychiatric Evaluation

A psychiatric evaluation is an evaluation process with a mental health professional, designed to diagnose and treat (using both medications and other therapies), emotional, behavioral or developmental conditions or disorders. Learn more